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   Posted 4/6/2009 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I did something real dumb.  I had a working week-end and came home tired.  It was time for my humira shot and I had the pen reversed.  Gave my self a good poke in the thumb, but I don't think any humira went in.  What should I do now?  I was thinking of just waiting for two weeks and carry on.  I'm not sure my inusrer would cover an extra shot due to my own stupidity.

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   Posted 4/6/2009 10:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I know that Abbott has replaced pens for others that have had "accidents" with their pens. I suggest you call them and see what they will do for you.
Call 1.800.4HUMIRA Monday through Friday 8 AM to 8PM EST.

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   Posted 4/7/2009 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   

I've wondered about what would happen if I ruined one myself. I use the syringe, and the instructions say if you strike a blood vessel you're supposed to discard the dose. I do keep an empty syringe/needle around in case I damage the needle (by dropping on floor, for example).

I would call my insurance carrier and ask what to do. If they say sorry, but no extras, there is an alternative to waiting two weeks. You can just think of yourself as taking 25 shots over the next year instead of 26 shots. If you do that, you would space your shots every 14.6 days (365 divided 25) instead of every 14 days (365 divided by 26). So you could space your "mistake" over a year by delaying your shot just one day every month. I doubt that would make a huge difference.

Good luck!

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   Posted 4/7/2009 7:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Definetly call Abbot they may replace it.
My insurance does cover one replacement dose due to error or other mistake so check to see if yours does-but I would see if abbot would replace it first.

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   Posted 4/8/2009 9:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your great suggestions!  I contacted Humira help line and they suggested that I probably did give myself the shot and received the Humira in the thumb. Hmmmm maybe we have a new delivery point.
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